Because of the unique role that each of the neurotropic B vitamins play in the health of the nervous system, all of them are important.
Vitamin B1 for example provides the energy to nerve cells, vitamin B6 increases the speed of essential chemical reactions in the human body and helps the nerve to transmit impulses.
Vitamin B12 is key for the formation of functional parts of the nerve fibre.
Each of the B vitamins performs unique and important role and help the nervous system function properly. That’s why inadequate B vitamin status can have a big impact on your health. Treatment with neurotropic B vitamins has proven to be beneficial for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
Some populations are at risk of B vitamins deficiency like elderly, vegeterians, diabetes and pre-diabetes sufferers. They might either not consume enough B vitamins to meet their needs, or not absorb them enough, or use or excrete more B vitamins than average. In these cases, as well, a neurotropic B vitamins treatment could be useful.
There are several conditions in which a deficiency state can occur, let's see some of them.
Malfunction associated with certain disease state, e.g. renal disease, pernicious anemia, atrophic gastritis, irritation of the stomach lining (caused by irritations of stomach mucosa).
Malabsorption caused by some surgeries or diseases that affect the GI tract, like gastric bypass surgery, or by conditions affecting the small intestine (colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease).
Malnutrition due to specific nutritional habits, e.g. vegans or vegetarians, who don't eat enough eggs or dairy products to meet the B vitamins needs.
Increased demand, e.g. pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Age, the risk of B vitamins deficiency also increases with age (adult over 55).
When decreased absorption is a chronic and/or irreversible issue (such as in chronic gastrointestinal diseases and advanced age), you should go to your doctor and have him monitor and treat your condition, as long as the B vitamin deficiency is present. It can mean a long-term treatment.
If left untreated, the deficiency in B vitamins can affect nerve health and nerve impairments. It may even lead to peripheral neuropathy.
Don't worry, some deficiency related symptoms can be reversed with neurotropic B vitamins and, in these cases, early diagnosis is crucial for handling possible nerve damages.
At therapeutic levels (not as "food supplement"), neurotropic B vitamins have been shown to have a restorative effect on peripheral nerve function and are, therefore, considered appropriate for treatment.
The levels of B vitamins present in a healthy diet do not provide these pharmacological effects and would not serve the needs of patients at risk. For B vitamins deficiencies associated with chronic diseases, a treatment with a pharmacological dose of neurotropic B vitamins may be required.
It can be hard to recognize a B vitamins deficiency: early symptoms of a deficiency might appear gradually, so you're unlikely to notice them. Once initial signs like fatigue and weakness become more advanced, symptoms, such as numbness and tingling of the limbs, can arise.
Anemia or a compromised immune system also can occur.
These clues are so vague, and not everyone experiences them the same way. And since they can be attributed to so many other possible triggers, most people don't think about getting examined. If these symptoms hit and stick around for weeks, it's best to consult your doctor and rule out other causes.
If you suspect you might be vitamin B-deficient, contact your doctor!
ASC Ref No. M096P112017N
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